A small community lies high in the mountains in a state we’ll leave unnamed. Until last year, it had an economy based on the all-too familiar story: Tourism in the high winter and summer months and second-home owners. Healthy hay farms and orchards completed the mix with the farms, in particular, setting a high standard: geometric fields, freshly painted houses and well-maintained tools.
Many years ago, when I was in my 20s, I lived in a small apartment in New Haven, Connecticut. I had a chair, a bed, a lamp and some books, and that was about it. I particularly lacked items for my kitchen, and I needed to eat, so I began searching for cooking utensils.
The weather folks said the low tonight is supposed to be 21 degrees below zero. The last six weeks have been tough like that. I bought a new stove for the yurt, but ordered the wrong pipe three different times. Again, I fall asleep staring at the tape that covers the hole in the wall where the stovepipe should be.
Nach einem viertel Jahrhundert halsbrecherischer Stunts habe ich genug Nahtoderfahrungen gemacht, um meine Sterblichkeit akzeptieren zu können. Sie beunruhigt mich nicht. Alles Leben und menschliche Streben hat einen Anfang und ein Ende.
At the age of 18, Yvon Chouinard founded a small blacksmithing company that would later, almost by accident, grow into Patagonia, Inc., an innovative, environmentally conscious outdoor retailer. Yvon’s love of nature developed as a child and at the age of 14, while training to be a falconer, he began a momentously successful rock-climbing career that took him all over the world.
Bei einem Forum zum Thema nachhaltige Unternehmensführung ist mir kürzlich aufgefallen, dass alle Vorträge auf die eine oder andere Art mit Innovation zu tun hatten. Neue Technologien für erneuerbare Energien, für effizientere Verpackungen, für weniger Transporte, für die Reduzierung von Giftstoffen und Wasserverbrauch und für mehr Recycling.
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